Decision : CONF 203 VIII.B.1
Inscription: Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) (The Netherlands)
Property: Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)
Id. N°: 867
State Party: The Netherlands
Criteria: C (i)(ii)(iv)
The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), and (iv):
Criterion (i): The advent of steam as a source of energy provided the Dutch engineers with a powerful tool in their millennial task of water management, and the Wouda installation is the largest of its type ever built.
Criterion (ii): The Wouda Pumping Station represents the apogee of Dutch hydraulic engineering, which has provided the models and set the standards for the whole world for centuries.
Criterion (iv): The Wouda pumping installations bear exceptional witness to the power of steam in controlling the forces of nature, especially as applied to water handling by Dutch engineers.
The Delegates of Thailand and Greece, while agreeing with the inscription of the site, expressed their reservation with the application of criterion (i).